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CKH Student Coaching Program
Canandaigua Knights Hockey is offering a Student Coach program beginning this season. If you are assisting with a team or are interested in becoming a Student Coach please contact the CKH ACE Director, Craig Towne, to express your interest.

All player/teen coaches must participate in the CKH Student Coaching Program. The following qualifications must be met to become a Student Coach. We encourage young people in their early-late teens to become involved in coaching, and we encourage our coaches to involve these young people in their coaching plans, using the guidelines below.  For the protection of all participants, the following requirements have been adopted by USA Hockey and Canandaigua Knights Hockey to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. 

Student Coach Qualifications
  • Must have interest in participating in the Student Coaching program and becoming a player mentor by your involvement on a team.
  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 17 to become a USA Hockey certified Student Coach.
    • Note: Student Coaches ages 11 and 12 can participate and become Student Coaches with the GCCC Beginner Programs only.
  • Properly registered with USA Hockey (ages 13 to 17 only).
  • Properly registered with CKH.
  • Must have completed USA Hockey Student Coach Information Form – provided by CKH.
  • Must have attended the CKH Student Coach training session.
  • Must have a team and coach sponsor and only work with players at least one playing level below your age group. (e.g., a Pee Wee age player may act as a Student Coach at the Squirt or RWB level.)
  • Must always be under the supervision of a CEP carded, screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.
  • May help out at practices, clinics, try-outs only. (May not play during scrimmages or games).
  • Must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice.
  • Must wear helmet with full face shield during games while on the bench.
  • May not act as the head coach or assistant coach during practices or games.
  • May not participate in scrimmages or games as a Student Coach (cannot play and coach on same team).
  • No more than 4 registered/rostered team officials, including student coaches, will be permitted in the vicinity of the player’s bench during games. (USA Hockey Playing Rule)
  • Upon reaching the age of 18, the student coach must comply with all USA Hockey coaching and screening rules and regulations.
Fulfilling Student Coach Requirements
  1. As long as you meet the age criteria; it is strongly recommended that the first step is to get a team/coach sponsor to assure your Student Coach assignment for the season.
    1. Ask the coach of a team below your age level if he/she could use your assistance and would sponsor you as a Student Coach upon completion of the requirements.
  2. Notify organization’s ACE Director (Craig Towne) of your interest in becoming a Student Coach.
  3. Make sure you are currently registered as a Player/Coach with USA Hockey. If not, you must register with USA Hockey as a Player/Coach in order to participate.
  4. Register with CKH as a Student Coach by going to ckhockey.org and following the Registration links to the Student Coach page.
  5. Attend the CKH provided Student Coach training session. Date of training session to be announced.
  6. Complete USA Hockey Student Coach Information Form and have authorized by parents/guardian, organization and head coach sponsor.